Monday Music: Seeking Input

According to various internet sources of information on fetal development, a baby can hear sounds outside the womb starting at around 16 weeks. How fitting, then, that we got to see Patty Griffin in concert on Friday night, the day our little one reached exactly 16 weeks in there. If you know me, you know how I feel about Patty. And I know there's no way to actually know, but I've been telling myself that the reason I burst into tears at the first notes of the song 'Ohio' and ugly cried through the whole dang thing is probably because the baby was so excited by the performance. Ha. I'm glad it was dark in the theater.

We started talking last week about what music we want to make sure our kid knows, since there's so much of it that's so important to us, and I decided it would be fun to ask for your input too! If you were going to choose a song (or album or artist or playlist) that you think any kid being born today should definitely hear, what would it be? We've obviously got Patty covered, and Dann has a playlist of his favorites already (it's 17 hours), but I also love the idea of having a crowdsourced collection to share with our little one. Leave your suggestions in the comments!


It's already Friday again! What? My baby sister's birthday is this weekend and while I'd love to be back in Telluride to celebrate with her, I'm also glad to be here now since some of our favorite friends came to visit for the weekend. We got to spend the afternoon/evening with them yesterday and it was so so good just to be together. I hope you have something fun planned for the weekend - if you know my sis Kate, wish her a happy bday on Sunday! In the meantime, here are some of my favorite things from The Internet lately - just for you. Enjoy!     

Malala! Youngest person to ever win the Nobel Peace Prize.

If you're the parent of a student in public school, this one's for you.

I'm looking forward to this.

"She takes away the mystery of things like writing or religion or motherhood and makes you feel included in a very human way." Amy Poehler loves Anne Lamott as much as I do.

Did you know Marcel the Shell is voiced by Jenny Slate??  

Come On. Get Happy.

I'm so thankful for The Internet on a day like today, because without it I likely would never have heard about this dream let alone be able to share it with you in hopes you'll support it. You know I love a good opportunity to help make young people's educational dreams come true, and this is a good one.   

My friend Johanna (who is one of the best teachers I know) posted a link to Paris's Class Trip To Peru on facebook the other day and I was thrilled to see it/read about it/support it.

I met Paris last year when she joined me on the first book bake sale field trip. She was the one who sat next to me texting pictures of her food to her mom. I've never met her mom, but she seems like a pretty phenomenal woman. I would love nothing more than to see the two of them meet this fundraising goal and take the trip of a lifetime to Peru in June. 

Go read about Paris and her mom and scrounge up five bucks (or more!) to help make their dream come true. Do it now. Go.


Good morning! Happy Friday to ya. We went to a cookbook talk/signing the other night at Book Larder and it was delightful. Molly Wizenberg interviewed Renee Erickson about her new book A Boat, A Whale, and A Walrus and then they gave everyone a slice of the famous zucchini bread from The Whale Wins. Dann's been talking about wanting more zucchini bread ever since. There is some good food to be found in this city, that's one thing I know for sure. Also, here are some of my favorite things from The Internet lately - just for you. Enjoy! 

This kid.

I watched the entire first season of Girls this week and it made me want to be friends with Lena Dunham.

You guys. This is real. Lord, have mercy.

I can't remember the last time I watched a music video repeatedly on purpose. This is breathtaking.

"Hospital officials on Thursday said Duncan was mistakenly sent home at first because of a software problem that has since been fixed, rather than human error." Somebody better be getting fired.

Dann sent me this and it made me laugh and laugh.